75 years ago, July 28, 1937
• With five separate groups, including unions and employers, involved today in the truck logging jurisdictional dispute directly or indirectly are the woodworkers, teamsters, both of which are the principals, boommen, log truck operators and the logging operators.
With the deadlock holding, truck logging shows employing approximately 1,000 in Grays Harbor, were either closed down or operating on a curtailed basis. The deadlock developed when the woodworkers refused to load logging trucks unless drivers were members of the lumber and sawmill workers union.
• The vanguard of more than 50 Aberdeen Elks who will attend the state convention at Bellingham will leave tomorrow morning. A final two-hour drill for the 20-man drill team is slated for tonight at the lodge. Captain Otto Eklund will put the team through its paces and plan maneuvers for the parade. The snappy Palm Beach suits and naval caps worn by the team have been cleaned and pressed and the patrol is set on bringing home the first prize for the best marching unit in the parade.
50 years ago, July 28, 1962
• Unlike the stormy day their husbands sacrificed their lives aiding a Coast Guard boat in distress, the widows of Robert Bolam and Ted Sigurdson received the nation’s highest lifesaving medal as a posthumous honor to their husbands under a warm sun at Westport, Thursday.
Both men were drowned in January, 1960, when the Barbara Lee foundered while assisting the Coast Guard lifeboat Invincible.
• The retirement of Bennett (Ben) Ellingson from Rayonier’s Grays Harbor timber operations was announced today. He actually reached retirement age a year ago but at the request of the company he stayed on for an additional year to complete the rebuilding of Rayonier’s logging railroad in Grays Harbor County.
Ellingson began his logging career with Rayonier’s predecessor, the Polson Logging Company, in 1922, a time noted for its utilization of huge, high speed steam powered equipment in getting logs out of the woods.
25 years ago, July 28, 1987
• Hoquiam will sell its 63 acres in Bowerman Basin but only if Uncle Sam pays $500,000 for the property and builds a $2.5 million year-round wildlife interpretive center. The city council voted 7-5 to endorse a national wildlife refuge at the basin as proposed by Congressman Don Bonker.
It was clear they felt their hand was forced by environmental activists and regulatory agencies who have fought the city for years over development in and around the basin.
• Pungent fumes from a chemical spill at an abandoned log sort yard had Junction City residents holding their noses Friday night.
But by Monday the biggest stink was over how the state Department of Ecology handed the incident at the former Roderick Timber Co. site.
“It was lack of information that seemed to cause the problem,” Sheriff Dennis Morrisette said. “The problem is not what was done … (but) how it was done.”
Compiled by Karen Barkstrom from the archives of The Daily World.